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Barbie Trial -- Day 6 -- The Prosecution discusses Barbie's refusal to appear

Film | Accession Number: 2005.516.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1596 | Film ID: 3959

13:33 The courtroom slowly fills with jurors, prosecutors, and civil parties

13:40 President Cerdini opens the hearing; instructs the bailiff to go compel Barbie to appear

13:41 Prosecution Cohendy speaks passionately about his anger that Barbie has not been brought in by force

13:43 Cerdini suspends the hearing until the bailiff returns

14:09 Cerdini calls a resumption of the hearing; the clerk reads the bailiff's record of Barbie's continued refusal to appear

14:12 Prosecutor Kormann intervenes, asking for LICRA [International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism] to interrogate the accused; asking for force to be used to bring Barbie to his trial; denounces the "rupture strategy" employed by Barbie and his defense

14:33 Prosecutor Rappaport speaks, explaining that the trial must go on even if Barbie refuses to appear; speaks to the fact that there are many different victims of Barbie with different interests and needs, and that they must stay unified in their will to see justice carried out

14:39 Prosecutor Libman critiques a the media coverage of the trial

14:41 Prosecutor Levy notes that, "whether or not Barbie is present, this remains the trial of Klaus Barbie," says that his refusal to appear is an admission of guilt; implores President Cerdini to use force when the trial proceedings necessitate Barbie's appearance

14:46 Prosecutor Feder reads a letter addressed to the court by Mme Gompel, a woman whose mother was Christian and whose Jewish father died at the hands of Nazis; Gompel writes that her only reason for living is to see Barbie served justice; wishes that Barbie be forced to appear

14:48 A prosecutor notes that there is no sense wasting time continuing to discuss Barbie's absence, given that the decision not to use force to compel him to attend has already been made

14:49 Defense lawyer Vergès gives closing remarks

14:52 President Cerdini suspends the hearing

Event:  1987 May 18
Lyon, France
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Institut National de L'Audiovisuel
Record last modified: 2020-02-04 10:39:13
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